Detroit TV Meteorologist Loses Eye In Fireworks Accident

By: CBS/AP
By: CBS/AP
WXYZ-TV says its chief meteorologist, Dave Rexroth, on Wednesday is to undergo surgery that will begin the process of implanting a prosthetic eye.

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SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (CBS/AP) -- A meteorologist at a Detroit-area television station has been injured in a fireworks accident in Iowa.

WXYZ-TV says its chief meteorologist, Dave Rexroth, on Wednesday is to undergo surgery that will begin the process of implanting a prosthetic eye.

According to the station, Rexroth lost sight in his left eye during a fireworks mishap Friday night that occurred while he was vacationing with his family in Iowa City. In response to a request for information on the incident, an Iowa City police spokesman said he doesn't have a report that lists Rexroth's name.

WXYZ says Rexroth is expected to recover by September.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Dave and his family and they have our full support during this difficult time," said Ed Fernandez, vice president and general manager of WXYZ.

According to his bio on the station's website, Rexroth was named chief meteorologist at WXYZ in 2010.

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